What are some things I must know about a nephrostomy tube?

Be aware of blockage. Nephrostomy tube ia a tube that goes through the skin and into the kidney for purposes of draining a kidney that has a blocked drainage tract. It is important that the nephrostomy tube be able to freely drain. Be sure that he tube is not kinked. Be sure that the tube is not pulled too hard or it can dislodge from the kidney. The tube can clog from blood, mucous, stones or debris.

Related Questions

Have a Nephrostomy tube for two weeks now. Can I lift heavy things? I need to put an ac in. Live alone no one to help no family or friends around here

Not a good idea. Surely you must have a friend who could help. If you grunt, groan, stoop, squat, push, pull etc you may disrupt the tube and that would create emergency to put back quickly. And, not every ER DOC can do it. Check with your Urologist for explicit instructions . Read more...

How do I stop pain in my nephrostomy? Tube?

Good question. Good question without a clear answer without knowing more about the reason the tube is in, how long it's been in, and the particular access. Also, if the pain is "new" the tube may simply be slightly dislodged and needs to be repositioned. You should consult with the ir doctor who put it in. Read more...

I was intimate with my husband and I have a nephrostomy tube, how can I tell if it has been dislodged?

Usually marked. Often a tube is marked or taped at a certain point, so you can visually see if it is further out. If urine is still draining through it, that should suggest it is still in the right place. If it no longer drains, has blood, or you start having pain or signs of illness get checked right away as it may have moved. Read more...
Nephrostomy. If your nephrostomy usually drains to a bag, it will stop draining if it is dislodged. If the tube is capped, only imaging can determine whether the tube is dislodged or not. Read more...

I just got a nephrostomy tube put in yesterday. There is now white flake/string like stuff floating around in the bag (not a lot). Is that normal?

Here are some ... What you saw in the bag could be "normally" expected as long as urine is draining and you're comfortable & afebrile but soreness from the procedures. For more details, ask your treating Doc timely. Read more...

If pain must I call my doctor if I have a nephrostomy tube insertion?

You should. You should call your doctor if you have pain after nephrostomy tube placement. It may indicate a malfunctioning or misplaced tube, but may also be normal irritation in the kidney caused by the tube. Read more...

What happens during nephrostomy tube insertion?

Several steps. Nephrostomy tubes are most often placed by interventional radiologists (ir). First, you may receive a mild sedative. Ir uses fluoroscopes to find the kidney. The skin at the site of the tube is numbed with local anesthetic. A needle is placed through the skin and into the kidney's urinary space. A wire is guided into the kidney, the needle removed, and then the nephrostomy tube is deployed. Read more...
Nephrostomy. During nephrostomy tube placement, the patient is positioned on their stomach on a fluoroscopic table. Sedation medications are administered through an iv. Local anesthesia is administered, and a needle is inserted into the kidney. A wire is inserted through the needle and the tract is dilated over the wire. Finally, the tube is placed into the renal pelvis, secured, and connected to a bag. Read more...